2018 Buddhist Pilgrimage
India and NepalNov 11 to Nov 26, 2018 (16 Days)
This trip will take you to places on the Gangetic Plains of India and Nepal that were closely associated with the life of Buddha Guatama Siddharthha. Among many places, you will visit Lumbini, where Buddha was born. Bodhgaya, where he got enlightened. You will also visit excavated ruins of Nalanda University and Varanasi.
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Trip Overview

Add on 1: DHARAMSHALA & AMRITSAR
Your journey will start at Dharamshala, the centre of the Tibetan Government in Exile, and home to the monastery and residence of Dalai Lama and Karmapa. Here you will familiarise yourself with Tibetan Culture and Tibetan Buddhist way of life.

You will also visit Amritsar, location of Golden Temple, the heart of Sikh religion.

Add on 2: TAJ MAHAL & NEW DELHI
Agra is known for the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the finest example of Mughal architecture and was built from 1632 to 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz.

Features

  • Small Group (max of 15 people)
  • We will try our best to accommodate and be as considerate as possible to the dietary restrictions of our clients if any.
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Exciting Safe Travel
  • High Quality Amenities
  • Cultural Experience

Places on the Itinerary

LUMBINI: Birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
UNESCO World Hertiage Site.

BODHGAYA: This is where Buddha attained Enlightenment.
Mahabodhi Temple. Temple of Dalai Lama. Museum.

SARNATH: Where Sangha (as we know/think) came into existence
Dhamekh Stupa. Deer Park. Museum.

RAJGIR: Ancient capital of Magadha.
Buddha as well as Mahvira (Jain) spent considerable time over here.

NALANDA: Site for the excavated ruins of Nalanda Mahavihara (University). .
5th Century AD. Sariputta Stupa. Archaeological Museum.
UNESCO World Heritage Site

VAISHALI: 55 km west of Patna.
Ashoka Pillar. Archaeological Museum. Ruins of Kolhua. Budha Relic Stupa. Peace Pagoda.

KUSHINAGAR: This is where Buddha passed away.
Mahaparinarivana Temple.

AGRA
Known for the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal.

DATES

MAIN TOUR: Nov 11 to Nov 26, 2018 (16 Days)

ADD ON 1: Dharamshala & Amritsar, Nov 04 to Nov 10, 2018 (7 Days)
(Before the main trip)

ADD ON 2: Add On 2: Taj Mahal & Delhi Nov 27 to Nov 28, 2018 (2 Days)
(After the main trip)

Pick Up: Nov 11th or Nov 4th after 3 PM.
Drop Off: Night/Morning of Nov 26/27 or Night/Morning of Nov 28/29 for people visiting Taj Mahal.
Pick Up and Drop Off: New Delhi International Airport (DEL)

Please note that the cost of the package covers your stay till the morning of Nov 27th or Nov 29th (for the people with add-on of Taj Mahal)

COST

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are requested to make a deposit of the booking amount for trip package.

Main Package: Buddhist Pilgrimage: Nov 11 to Nov 26, 2018 (16 Days)
Booking Amount
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 1550
CAD 4650
Single Occupancy
CAD 2350
CAD 7050
Add on 1: Dharamshala & Golden Temple: Nov 04 to Nov 10, 2018 (7 Days)
Booking Amount
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 600
CAD 1800
Single Occupancy
CAD 883
CAD 2650
Add on 2: Taj Mahal & New Delhi: Nov 27 to Nov 28, 2018 (2 Days)
Booking Amount
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 250
CAD 750
Single Occupancy
CAD 367
CAD 1100

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a non-refundable deposit.

Price inclusive of:

  • Accommodation while in India and Nepal
  • Cost of all meals, except where otherwise specified (Alcohol Exclusive)
    Dinner for 3 out of 16 nights will not be covered. Please check itinerary for details.
  • All Transportation costs within India (Air Travel, Trains & Cars/Taxi)
  • Entrance Fee for Museums and Monuments
  • Permits and other fees incurred while traveling in India
  • Cost of special events like Cooking Evening or a Culture Show

Price exclusive of:

  • International flight to/from India
  • Visa Fees for India and Nepal
  • Room Charges at hotels for snacks and drinks
  • Pay Pal (Transactional) charges, for people not able to deposit the money directly into the bank in Canada.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To book your spot on this trip, please deposit the booking amount (non-refundable) or the full amount, into the bank account of “Journey to Himalayas”. You will be required to deposit the full amount 120 days before the trip starts (July 07, 2018) Please read TOS for details.

Delhi – Varanasi/Sarnath – Bodhgaya – Nalanda/Rajgir – Vaishali – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Shravasti – Lucknow – Delhi (16 Days)

PLEASE NOTE This is a tentative itinerary. The exact route of the journey will be finalized closer to the trip date and it might differ from this itinerary. Weather and road conditions permitting, this trip will include visit to all these places. Pick-up and drop-off place and date will not change. Please read the TOS for more details

Day 1: Pick up – New Delhi*

Please make sure that you reach New Delhi in the evening/night of Day 1.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the package cost

Day 2: Delhi – Varanasi (Flight)

Morning flight from Delhi to Varanasi. Check-in to a hotel. Witness Ganga Aarti in the evening. (Stay in Varanasi for 2 nights)

Day 3: Varanasi

Early morning boat cruise on the Ganges, followed by an excursion to Sarnath. This is where Buddha gave his first sermon.

Day 4: Varanasi – Bodhgaya

After leisurely breakfast, drive to Bodhgaya. Buddha got enlightenment under Bodhitree here. (Stay in Bodhgaya for 3 nights)

Day 5: Bodhgaya

After Breakfast, visit Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree which marks the site where the Buddha overcame the forces of Evil and Temptation and attained enlightenment. Continue to visit different Buddhist temples in the afternoon.

Day 6: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Bodhgaya

After breakfast, drive to Rajgir. Visit Gridhakuta Hill – the seat from where Buddha delivered many of his sermons. It was here that the teachings of Buddha were recorded in writing for the first time. Many sites of the historical and archaeological significance surround the holy city of Rajgir. Also visit Bamboo grove. After lunch, visit the ruins of Nalanda University. Return back to Gaya for overnight stay.

Day 7: Bodhgaya -Patna

After breakfast, continue further sightseeing of Bodhgaya. Visit Sujata Temple and Niranjana river. Drive to Patna for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Patna – Vaisali – Kushinagar

After breakfast, drive to Vaishali. Visit Ananda stupa, Ashoka Pillar and Buddha’s Relic. After Lunch drive to Kushinagar via Kesaria for an overnight stay. (Stay in Kushinagar for 2 nights)

Day 9: Kushinagar

After breakfast, local sightseeing at Kushinagar. Here in 483 BC, Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. Visit Rambhar Stupa & Mahaparinirvana Temple.

Day 10: Kushinagar – Lumbini

Drive to Lumbini. Do immigration formalities at India–Nepal border. Lumbini is a small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. (Stay in Lumbini for 3 nights)

This is the day that you will be entering Nepal. For a quick pass through the border, please make sure that you have the visa for Nepal or proper documentation to get the visa at the border.

Day 11: Lumbini

After breakfast, visit the Birth place of Lord Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, two thousand five hundred years ago. Since his time, Nepal has been a sacred ground for Buddhist as the birth place of Buddha.

Day 12: Lumbini

Visit Kapilavastu in the first half of the day. Explore Lumbini on your own at leisure for rest of the day.

Day 13: Lumbini – Shravasti

After breakfast, drive to Shravasti. (Stay in Shravasti for 2 nights)

Day 14: Shravasti

After breakfast, visit Jetavana Garden, Shubuti stupa and Angulimal stupa.

Day 15: Shravasti – Lucknow

Drive to Lucknow for overnight stay at Hotel

DAY 16*: Lucknow – Delhi (Flight)

In the afternoon, board the flight for Delhi.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the package cost.
Trip package covers your stay till the morning of Day 17 (Nov 27, 2018)


ADD-ON 1: Dharamshala & Amritsar
Before the main trip, (Nov 04 to Nov 10), 7 days.

Day 1*: Pick up – New Delhi
Please make sure that you reach New Delhi by the evening/night of Day 1.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the package cost

Day 2: Delhi – Dharamshala (Flight)
Fly from New Delhi to Dharamshala. (Stay in Dharamshala for 5 nights)

Day 3-6: Dharamshala
Visit the monastery of HH Dalai Lama.
Gyuto Monastery of HH Karmapa.
Norbulingka, an institution for the preservation of Tibetan Handicrafts.
Tibetan Library
TIPA (Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts)
Stroll the market/bazaar of McLeod Ganj.

Day 7*: Dharamshala to Amritsar (Golden Temple)
Drive from Dharamshala to Amritsar.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the package cost

Day 8 (Day 1 of the main trip)*: Dharamshala to Varanasi (Flight via Delhi)
Visit the heart of Sikh religion, the Golden Temple in the morning. After brunch, proceed to Varanasi by flight.

*Please note that if good connection for the flights is not available between Amritsar and Varanasi (via Delhi), there is a possibility that we will stay in Delhi for an overnight and take the flight from Delhi to Varanasi on the following morning. (With rest of the group coming over for the Main Tour).

ADD-ON 2: Taj Mahal & New Delhi
After the main trip (Nov 27-28), 2 days.

Day 1: Day trip from Delhi to Taj Mahal
Delhi to Agra (Taj Mahal): 196 km by train, 2 hours one way. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2*: Delhi
Sightseeing of Delhi. Visit sate emporiums exhibiting handicrafts from all over India.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the package cost
Cost of the Trip package will cover your stay in Delhi until the morning of Nov 29th.

Au Revoir!!

Booking for this trip will open/begin in Jan 2018.
Please send us an email if you wish to be notified when the booking opens.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are required to
1. Register Online (Book Now)
2. Make a payment of the booking amount or full amount of the trip package.
After you register on the website, you will get the banking info in the email.

Payment Options:

    1. BANK DEPOSIT
      You can deposit directly into the “Journey to Himalayas” bank account in Canada (CIBC). You can go to the bank personally or send the money by email transfer or wire transfer. We also accept money through TransferWise. Your order will get confirmed only after we have received money in our bank account.
    1. PAY PAL (JTH Website)
      You can use your credit or debit card to directly make the payment. Please note that processing charges for PayPal will be extra (4% of your cart total).

ONLINE REGISTRATION: If you are paying by “Bank Deposit”, you will not be required to make any payment through this website. We still encourage/suggest our clients to go through the steps in the “Book Now” section to register themselves online. This helps us to keep your information updated. We will need this information to make hotel and travel bookings in India. Through your account profile, you will also be able to check the status of your payment. Thank You!

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room